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Old 05-14-2018, 07:35 AM
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Alright, so I have a totally stock/original 85 SS, and Iím wanting to crate up the 305 and stuff a 350 in it.

Ive never done this, so I started reading up, and I see that California smog laws seem to hurt more than save. It scares me quite a lot..

The more I read the more people seem to say I cannot do this in this state.. Iím just wanting to save all the original parts for the future while having fun with a snappier power source.

So is it legally possible in the Golden State? Or am I stuck with my 305 here

sorry if this has been asked a lot, I just canít find anything specific through a search.

Thank you for your response 😁

Edit: Will have to be away until later today, sorry if I donít get back soon!

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Old 05-16-2018, 06:06 AM
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When you register the car do they do a smog check or is it exempt because of its age ? Could probably get away with a swap if you're keeping all the emissions on the engine such as smog pump and the intake and carb. Engine emissions would be the same with. 45 more cubes.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:22 AM
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When you register the car do they do a smog check or is it exempt because of its age ? Could probably get away with a swap if you're keeping all the emissions on the engine such as smog pump and the intake and carb. Engine emissions would be the same with. 45 more cubes.
Iím not sure if they check when I register, Itís registered non-op right now, and only ever registered a new car. Itís not exempt, 1973 is the cutoff last I read.

Thanks for the reassurance. Just wanted to ask a bit online before I jumped into things.

Reading more, I have found that I can drop the 350 in. Just a matter of shopping for one that works now

Thank you for the response.

Now off to ask about interior.. 33 years is California sun has lightened the gray fabric, haha
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:59 AM
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Reading more, I have found that I can drop the 350 in. Just a matter of shopping for one that works now[/left]
I think you have to make sure the donor engine is of the same year or newer, and all emissions is in tact. Then you have to get the engine checked and get a plate that certifies it is the same year or newer and is done correctly, then i think you can register the car.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:32 PM
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Smog checks are usually required when the title changes. After that it's every two years with registration.

There may be a slight overlap on the title change part, if it was smog checked in a short period of time close to the purchase date.
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